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Dick Robertson

Dick Robertson (New York City, 3 July 1903 - 1979) was an American popular big band singer and songwriter of the 1930s and 1940s. He sang for many bandleaders such as Leo Reisman and Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orchestra, and was on the artist roster at Banner Records. In fact, he was one of the most prolific New York based vocalists (along with Irving Kaufman, Chick Bullock, Scrappy Lambert, Elmer Feldkamp, Paul Small and Smith Ballew) on scores of records from late 1928 through the mid 1930s. A series of records issued on Melotone/Perfect/Banner/Oriole/Romeo, Crown, Bluebird from 1930-1934 were issued under his name or are listed in the 2010 edition of "American Dance Bands on Record and Film (1915-1942)" by Richard J. Johnson and Bernard H. Shirley as being under his nominal leadership. His last recording session as a singer was in 1949. He also used the pseudonym Bob Richardson for some recordings on Mayfair Records.

As a songwriter his biggest hit was "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)" in 1940. The Sinatra version of the song was re-released on The Song Is You (album) and again on Frank Sinatra & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Vol. 1

Birth and Death Data: Born July 3rd, 1903 (New York City), Died January 1st, 1979

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, vocalist, songwriter, leader, speaker, lyricist, arranger, composer

Notes: Sometimes billed as "The Radio Jester."

See Also: Donaldson Quartet

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 808 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-72522 10-in. 4/28/1932 Medley of familiar tunes Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, tenor vocal, arranger  
Victor BRC-72523 10-in. 4/28/1932 Medley of familiar tunes Dick Robertson vocalist, tenor vocal, arranger  
Victor BRC-72544 10-in. 5/5/1932 When you're gettin' along with your gal Dell Lampe Orchestra ; Rob Roy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72545 10-in. 5/5/1932 Scattin' the skeeter scoot Dell Lampe Orchestra ; Rob Roy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72546 10-in. 5/5/1932 Paradise Dell Lampe Orchestra ; Rob Roy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72547 10-in. 5/5/1932 Spring is here again Dell Lampe Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72548 10-in. 5/5/1932 Roses are red, the violets are blue Gene Kardos Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72549 10-in. 5/5/1932 I can't believe that it's you Gene Kardos Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72550 10-in. 5/5/1932 Jam man Dickson's Harlem Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72551 10-in. 5/5/1932 Who, beside me? (Sits beside you) The New Yorkers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72552 10-in. 5/5/1932 Crazy people The New Yorkers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BRC-72553 10-in. 5/5/1932 Song of the fiddlers The Radio Rascals' Orchestra [Gene Kardos Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBSHQ-72557 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 5/9/1932 Dance medley [of] Hoagy Carmichael compositions Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano and male vocal soloists vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor LBSHQ-72558 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 5/9/1932 Dance medley [of] Hoagy Carmichael compositions Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano and male vocal solo and duet vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73025 10-in. 6/22/1932 Masquerade Dick Robertson ; Ted Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73026 10-in. 6/22/1932 We were only walking in the moonlight Dick Robertson ; Ted Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73027 10-in. 6/22/1932 Rain, rain, go away Dick Robertson ; Ted Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73028 10-in. 6/22/1932 Banking on the weather Dick Robertson ; Ted Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73163 10-in. 8/4/1932 In a little blue canoe with you Eliot Everett Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73164 10-in. 8/4/1932 Sheltered by the stars Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band (take 3); with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2) vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73165 10-in. 8/4/1932 Sing (It's good for you) Gene Kardos Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BSHQ-73166 10-in. 8/4/1932 This is the chorus of a song Village Barn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-73351 10-in. 9/1/1932 Mighty river Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-73352 10-in. 9/1/1932 After 12 o'clock Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-73354 10-in. 9/1/1932 Thanksgiving Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 76-100 of 808 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Robertson, Dick," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

Robertson, Dick. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107135.

"Robertson, Dick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.

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